We came across the large Gerard Mulot shop in the 6th arrondisement by chance. It was on my list of macarons to try, but I had missed earlier opportunities in other sections of the city (like the Marais) to locate their shops. David Lebovitz writes about them in this post. My first reaction upon looking through the windows and entering the store was that this place had serious turnover and they were doing a brisk business with display cases stocked to the brim. But this seemed more modern, less stuffy, more yuppie like as compared to the history, class, traditional and classic one would use to describe say Laduree or even to some degree Dalloyau. And the macarons were brighter, bolder and significantly larger than others we had tried…
At this shop, we picked out caramel and salt, strawberry with blue poppy seeds, pistachio, ginger, peach, apricot, cafe and chocolate. We sat down at a nearby park and had sandwiches for lunch, after which we savored these macarons. They were fresh, light and delicious. But definitely had a garrish air to them, almost like being a bit nouveau riche in the macaron realm. I don’t know if I am being unfair, but I felt like these were the braggy kids on the block. But taste with your eyes closed and I think it’s fair to say these rated a solid 8.50/10.00. Though I must say they were larger and a bit better value than others around.
They had some 15-20 flavors on offer at the store… Oh and yes, isn’t that “macaron tree or inverted cone” up top just spectacular?
The use of blue poppy seeds on the strawberry was unusual and striking, but again almost gaudy. And the pistachio had serious food coloring added.
The salted caramel had slakes of salty caramel clinging to the shell of the dessert… again unusual but these didn’t rate as highly as other salted caramels we tried. We tried some other desserts from Mulot that were very good, so it is definitely worth a stop if find yourself near one of their shops!